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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

The Grim Reefer Re:Also math? (949 comments)

On other news sites I read that they banned teaching history, biology, music, literature and chemistry. If you add maths... then what's left?

Why the Quran, of course. So by literature, I assume that reading is still permissible. Although maybe not. That way they can tell the masses what ever they want to say about the Quran.

You still have marksmanship, physical fitness (at least as it relates to fighting), suicide bombing,

Of course without math and physics, I'm not sure how you can make bombs, or manufacture rifles and bullets. So that leaves you with acquiring ones made by the supposed enemy. You'd think using the product of infidels would be some kind of sin too.

2 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

The Grim Reefer Re: Parallax. (422 comments)

She saw Russia from her back garden which, given the location of her garden and the curvature of the Earth is unbelievably amazing!

Did she specify it was with the naked eye?

Maybe she used the $2.1 she got for the plane that was on ebay to purchase a Predator drone.

Or she used a telescope and the mirror on Hubble.

Maybe she has a TV in her garden and was watching a documentary on Russia.

Perhaps, shocking as it is (being a politician), she exaggerated or flat out lied.

But hey, the president apparently visited 57 states during that same campaign. ;-)

3 days ago
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I think next winter will be:

The Grim Reefer Re:Statistics (147 comments)

I suppose it depends on where you live. Here in Virginia we had one of the coldest winters ever. Where I'm at the average snow fall is around 20 inches per season. We got 56-57 inches of snow last winter. The highest recorded max for an entire winter season is 63 inches.

3 days ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

The Grim Reefer Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

You must be fairly young or have a very short memory. To call any LCD/LED monitor a "desk-eating behemoth" makes me laugh. I have dual 24" LCD's now. But they replaced my dual 21" Eizo CRT medical grade monitors. They weighed 90+ lbs. each and were probably 24" deep.

about two weeks ago
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Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

The Grim Reefer Re:Soulskill is a wee-todd. Title written by moron (101 comments)

Geostationary orbit is A COMPLETELY ARBITRARY THING

From the second sentence in the summary: "It will pass just below satellites in geostationary orbit,"

about two weeks ago
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Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

The Grim Reefer Re:Intellectual Vultures? (75 comments)

If they were honest, would they operate this kind of business?

Honesty has nothing to do with it. That's the way the patent system/IP laws are structured.

about two weeks ago
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Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

The Grim Reefer Intellectual Vultures? (75 comments)

Seriously, why don't they just change their name to Intellectual Vultures? I'd at least respect them for their honesty.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

The Grim Reefer Re:Silly (448 comments)

The idea is to have a timer that would automatically disable the equipment unless it received an enable signal, either from a satellite or removable medium.

This them becomes a soft spot for enemies. If you use satellites, then this becomes a major weakness in a fight against any first or second world country as they will start shooting satellites down. In the case of some sort of USB like key, that then becomes a top priority to capture for the enemy.

If you have a few weeks to bomb the stolen equipment before it can be used, and the enemy has to invest a lot of high-tech resources into cracking the systems, then that's probably good enough.

In the case of ISIS, the US had plenty of time to bomb this hardware before it became an issue. For whatever reason, those in charge chose not to. It's standard practice for the military to bomb its own downed aircraft during a conflict to ensure the enemy doesn't get any useful goodies from it.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

The Grim Reefer I suppose I did (231 comments)

I don't know what this poll is asking regarding technology. If it's computers/internet. Then perhaps a little. But I was in my teens when coupler modems became available (affordable to the public anyhow), and the first modem I had was 300 bd. There wasn't anything like the net back then. Half the security measures were simply not giving out the number to the system to connect to it. I think high security was adding a "5" after "1234" for the password.

I did build a high pitched noise generator with parts from Radio Shack. It made the drug dogs go nuts when they went though the school halls. They'd probably bring in the bomb squad if they found it in a locker today.

about two weeks ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

The Grim Reefer Re:grow your own exchange (116 comments)

With booze and gambling and hookers?

...And forget the booze and gambling.

-Bender

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

The Grim Reefer Re:True enough (220 comments)

Good to know. I hear a lot of people claiming that Chrome is faster and more efficient. I've often wondered about that. But like I said. It's pretty damn annoying how many programs try to install Chrome.

about two weeks ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

The Grim Reefer Re:...it can be broken down into near-nothing?! (200 comments)

...why didn't science just do this in the damn first place?!

It's never been cost effective. The same way safe coal mining and 100% safe fly ash disposal isn't cost effective. If you need to expend more energy to deal with the waste than you get out of it, it's not worth it.

....but what does the "short-lived radioactive elements" dissolve into? surely not *nothing*? ...how much can we strip away through processes before every part is used? ...how little matter do we need left over before we can eject it from the Earth's atmosphere into the Sun?

If we get it to the point that it's economical to launch in a rocket, then there's so little left that storage shouldn't be a big deal. And if it's safe enough to put on top of a rocket, then it doesn't need to be removed from our biosphere.

Most of the really radioactive waste is extremely dense. So it gets insanely expensive to get it out of earth gravity well. To make matters worse, we have no space launch systems that are reliable enough to use for this type of disposal. It's one thing to have a bunch of highly radioactive material sitting around in a shielded location. It's an entirely bigger problem to have a failed launch blasting toxic crap all over hundreds or thousands of square miles/kilometers.

It's also a waste of of non-renewable material with a high amount of potential energy that we may be able to do something with sometime in the future as our understanding of physics progresses.

Even ignoring the huge amount of energy required to launch something into space, our current launch vehicles are not the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation either.

about two weeks ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

The Grim Reefer Re:What The Hell Is Wrong With You People? (67 comments)

I realize you are an AC troll and this is way off topic. But it's apparent you don't know a damn thing about carburetors.

Obviously fuel injection is fantastic, and you'd only choose a carb over FI for specific reasons. But it's like comparing an HP scientific calculator to a Babbage engine. One is a very functional and practical solution using modern technology. The other is amazing tech from the past and frankly a mechanical marvel.

FI is going to look pretty silly when we're all driving around with Mr. Fusion powering our cars.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

The Grim Reefer Re:True enough (220 comments)

Grim Reefer, " I have 13 FF windows open with 5 to 24 tabs open in each." Yes, just try exactly this on Chrome and report back on memory usage.

I have no desire to install Chrome. Partly because I get sick of other programs trying to sneak it onto my computer. But I'm curious about what you are inferring. Will Chrome perform better than FF? Or worse? TIA.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

The Grim Reefer Re:True enough (220 comments)

I prefer FF over other browsers. But it's mainly because it's what I'm used to and the tree style tabs. I'm sure you can get the same for Chrome. But I haven't gotten around to checking.

FF became pretty unstable a few versions ago, though I don't recall which. It seemed to be a memory leak or something. It got up to around 2.5 GB of RAM and then became unresponsive and would eventually crash. My system has 16 GB of RAM, and was never near 100%. The next release took a little longer to reach this point, and the one after that was even longer. I think the version before 32 only crashed once on me. And 32 is open right now as I post this using 2.1 GB of RAM. Granted, I have 13 FF windows open with 5 to 24 tabs open in each.

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

The Grim Reefer Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

Welcome to amerika..

FTFY.

about two weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

The Grim Reefer Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Let them turn it off whenever they want, but if the camera is off and something happens, the officer may be assumed to be lying about events.

That's all well and good. Until criminals realize they can disable or break the camera.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

The Grim Reefer Snowpiercer? (258 comments)

So we can just let the nuclear waste, instead of people, circle the rail line until a destination is found. Or where ever the train happens to break down/derail. Then that becomes the new repository for all nuclear waste by default.

about three weeks ago

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The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 2 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Today many plastic products, from sippy cups and blenders to Tupperware containers, are marketed as BPA-free. But CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner's findings—some of which have been confirmed by other scientists—suggest that many of these alternatives share the qualities that make BPA so potentially harmful.

Those startling results set off a bitter fight with the $375-billion-a-year plastics industry. The American Chemistry Council, which lobbies for plastics makers and has sought to refute the science linking BPA to health problems, has teamed up with Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical—the maker of Tritan, a widely used plastic marketed as being free of estrogenic activity—in a campaign to discredit Bittner and his research. The company has gone so far as to tell corporate customers that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected Bittner's testing methods. (It hasn't.) Eastman also sued CertiChem and its sister company, PlastiPure, to prevent them from publicizing their findings that Tritan is estrogenic, convincing a jury that its product displayed no estrogenic activity. And it launched a PR blitz touting Tritan's safety, targeting the group most vulnerable to synthetic estrogens: families with young children. "It can be difficult for consumers to tell what is really safe," the vice president of Eastman's specialty plastics division, Lucian Boldea, said in one web video, before an image of a pregnant woman flickered across the screen. With Tritan, he added, "consumers can feel confident that the material used in their products is free of estrogenic activity.""

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Darker Arctic boosting global warming

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 7 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The Arctic isn't nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that's turning out to be a global problem, a new study says.

With more dark, open water in the summer, less of the sun's heat is reflected back into space. So the entire Earth is absorbing more heat than expected, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That extra absorbed energy is so big that it measures about one-quarter of the entire heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide, said the study's lead author, Ian Eisenman, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.

The Arctic grew 8 per cent darker between 1979 and 2011, Eisenman found, measuring how much sunlight is reflected back into space.

"Basically, it means more warming," Eisenman said in an interview."

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Groupon confirms 'President Hamilton' error was intentional

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 7 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Groupon is honoring Presidents Day by giving customers an Alexander Hamilton — $10 off $40 spent on a deal for any local business.The promotion, which began this weekend, allows customers to "honor our money-minded Commander-In-Chief."
"The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system," Chicago-based Groupon says on its webpage.
But, there's just one flaw in the promotional plan: Hamilton was never president.
Hamilton is considered a Founding Father and was the country's first Secretary of the Treasury. He led the development of the economic policies of President George Washington, one of today's actual honorees, and the nascent nation.
It's just too bad there isn't Treasury Secretary Day to have sales in his honor.
An inquiry on Monday morning garnered this response from a spokesman:
"Groupon is always very serious about helping our customers save money, and saving $10 is no laughing matter."
The spokesman later confirmed the mistake was an intentional stunt."

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Retired cop guns down man for texting at Florida movie

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 8 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "A retired cop, irked that the couple in front of him were texting at a Mark Wahlberg war movie, opened fire in a Florida theater Monday, killing the man and wounding his wife, authorities said.

Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Chad Oulson, 43, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said late Monday afternoon. The theater was evacuated and remained closed after the shooting, which occurred about 1:20 p.m. ET.

Oulson was shot in the chest after a verbal and physical confrontation with Reeves, and his wife, Nichole Oulson, was shot in the hand. Chad Oulson was pronounced dead at a hospital, and his wife was treated for non-life-threatening injuries."

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The space suit gets upgraded

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 8 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "For five decades ILC Dover, an engineering firm in Delaware farm country, has been outfitting astronauts for space — everyone from Neil Armstrong to Sunita Williams, who performed a space walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) in 2012. And yet ILC (which was founded as International Latex Corp.) has never before embarked on its latest mission: to make a fashion-forward suit for NASA.

The prototype is called Z-2. A new palette will be chosen when, early this year, NASA unveils three designs by Philadelphia University fashion and industrial design students. The public gets to pick a winner. Each design will draw on one of three themes: NASA's history, sports and superheroes, and nature. NASA officials hope that the campaign will rekindle excitement for the space program. "Part of this came from the fact that commercial space flight is gearing up," says Amy Ross, a top space-suit engineer at NASA, "and part of what they want is for their space suits to look cool.""

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Atlanta man shatters coast-to-coast 'Cannonball Run' speed record

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Before the transcontinental race in "Cannonball Run," the starter tells the gathered racers, "You all are certainly the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place."

Ed Bolian prefers the term "fraternity of lunatics."

Where the 1981 Burt Reynolds classic was a comedic twist on a race inspired by real-life rebellion over the mandated 55-mph speed limits of the 1970s, Bolian set out on a serious mission to beat the record for driving from New York to Los Angeles.

The mark? Alex Roy and David Maher's cross-country record of 31 hours and 4 minutes, which they set in a modified BMW M5 in 2006.

Bolian, a 28-year-old Atlanta native, had long dreamed of racing from East Coast to West. A decade ago, for a high school assignment, Bolian interviewed Brock Yates, who conceived the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, aka the Cannonball Run."

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Massive cyberattack hits Internet users

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "(CNN) — Internet users around the globe are facing slowed-down service, thanks to what's being called the biggest cyberattack in history.

The prolonged denial-of-service assault is targeting The Spamhaus Project, a European spam-fighting group that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that offers to host any content "except child porn and anything related to terrorism."

The organization has been in a long-running feud with CyberBunker and claims spammers use it as a host from which to spray junk mail across the Web.

Internet security firm CloudFlare said Spamhaus contacted it last week, saying it had been hit with an attack big enough to knock its site offline.

Security experts say the attack uses more sophisticated techniques than most DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks and targets the Web's infrastructure, which has led to other sites performing slowly."

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"Time Cloak" Created; Can Make Events Disappear

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The new research builds on recent demonstrations of "invisibility cloaks" that can make objects seem to disappear by bending waves of visible light.

The idea is that, if light moves around an object instead of striking it, that light doesn't get scattered and reflected back to an observer, making the object essentially invisible.

Now Cornell University scientists have used a similar concept to create a hole in time, albeit a very short one: The effect lasts around 40 trillionths of a second.

"Imagine that you could divert light in time—slow it down, speed it up—so that you create a gap in the light beam in time," said study co-author and Cornell physicist Alex Gaeta.

"In this case, any event that occurs at that instant of time won't lead to scattering of light. It appears as if the event never occurred.""

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